The descent of the Tsiribihina by dugout

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The ideal starting point for the descent of the Tsiribihina is the town of Miandrivazo. This village is accessible via a paved road from Antsirabe. Specifically, Miandrivazo is not located on the edge of Tsiribihina but one of its tributaries, that is to say the river Mahajilo. There are two options for travelers to discover the Tsiribihina, the fast, but very noisy, motorized canoe, or the traditional pirogues, which move with the strength of their arms. This last option makes it possible to observe the local fauna with greater discretion. The name of the river Tsiribihina means "where one should not swim" since this river has a large number of crocodiles. These huge reptiles are now more difficult to observe and move away from humans because of motorized canoes that take tourists in a hurry. Your trip by pirogue will take you from Miandrivazo to Belo-sur-Tsiribihina.

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Throughout your descent of Tsiribihina, you will see several villages in height of the banks, with children who play on the expanses of white sand, in particular in the first kilometers where the depth is not important. You will also meet several barges who supply isolated villages with basic necessities. Crossing Tsiribihina gorges, you will be amazed by the cliffs that line the river, like Tsingy with sharp edges in some places. Continuing through the gorges, you will be able to admire the exceptional vegetal cover which is revealed on both sides of the river. It is not uncommon to see lemurs venturing near the shores of Tsiribihina. Tsiribihina Gorge also offers a beautiful natural swimming pool fed by a waterfall with clear waters, a real tropical haven. The banks of the Tsiribihina also shelter several species of bats. You will arrive at the end of your trip to Belo-sur-Tsiribihina, from where you can visit the famous Tsingy de Bemaraha.

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